25 NOVEMBER 2013
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On 10 November Biman Bangladesh Airlines retired its penultimate Douglas DC-10 and announced plans for ‘farewell’ flights in its final example.
This is now the world’s last flying passenger configured DC10-30 and is due to complete its final scheduled flights on 7 December. It will be on standby until February 2014 when it will be replaced by Biman’s new Boeing 777-300ER.
The aircraft, S2-ACR, will then be donated to an unnamed museum in the USA – but not before nostalgic passengers have a last chance to take a final flight.
According to the airline’s CEO, Kevin Steele, passengers can reserve seats on the flight from Dhaka to Birmingham Airport (BHX) in England including a ‘tech’ stop somewhere en route. Once it arrives at BHX two or more one-hour ‘scenic flights’ will be provided and Biman is hopeful that US authorities will give traffic rights to allow the carriage of passengers on the DC-10’s last transatlantic crossing.
Tickets are expected to go on sale in January via the airline’s website. “We hope you will join with us in celebrating the farewell of a loyal, beautiful aircraft”, said Mr Steel, “but also to recognise that the time has now come for Biman to equip itself with the very latest in new aircraft and technology”. www.biman-airlines.com
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